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Officials: Cyber Attack Is An Act of Terrorism

DATA THEFT—ISRAEL

January 9, 2012

Reuters reports on comments made by Israeli government officials who have said that the recent cyber attack that exposed the personal data of Israeli citizens is a form of terrorism and will be countered. A 19-year-old hacker from the United Arab Emirates is said to have perpetrated the breach that affected as many as 400,000 Israeli citizens, including the exposure of approximately 25,000 credit card numbers. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that a cyber attack of this magnitude is "comparable to a terrorist operation, and must be treated as such," adding that the incident may have been carried out by a group "more organized and sophisticated...than a lone youth." Government officials and credit card companies have said the overall financial damage thus far has been minimal, the report states.
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